Dr. Ronnie Floyd and Dr. Jeremiah Johnston discuss the importance of prayer and individual relationships with God.
“The country is broken because families are broken. Relationships are broken because we’re individually broken,” Floyd says. “We really have to take this on spiritually.”
In his latest book, “Living Fit: Make Your Life Count By Pursuing a Healthy You,” Floyd explores what he calls the five gauges of life: spiritual, physical, relational, financial and emotional.
“We need to deal with the gauges and not wait until they are off,” he says. “We need to look at them every day.”
A key part of maintaining health is to know the Word of God, Jeremiah says.
Philippians 2:5 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
Jeremiah says “There is psychological warfare and there is a battle raging for your mind. So many of the devil’s schemes are when the enemy plants thoughts in our minds that do not square with who we know we are in Christ. I can’t know the mind of Christ without knowing the Word of God.”
Floyd affirms the centrality of Scripture.
“Begin your day with God,” he says. “That is the most valuable thing you can do in your life spiritually. God shows you brand new things all the time. The more I’m in His Word, the more I hear His voice.”
Knowing the Bible helps a person filter through things in culture such a horoscopes, haunted houses and psychics, Jeremiah says. He answers a mother’s question who inquires if it’s okay for her daughter to read a horoscope. Again, Jeremiah iterates that a person should consult God’s word for its precious promises.
Daniel says through AskJJJ.com that he doesn’t feel saved. In reply, Jeremiah gives the wisdom that feelings are a dangerous barometer. Again, believing in the promises of God’s Word becomes the answer.
When it comes to his own struggles, Floyd says his primary unanswered question relates to the unexplainable loss of life. He describes the tragic death of a young man he knew.
“I reminded the family that day on the funeral I did – that was one of the most challenging moments of my life – it reminded me of when Jacob wrestled with the Lord and God gave him a limp for the rest of his life. It doesn’t mean that life is going to be bad from now on. It just means that you’re going to have a limp that reminds you of your need for God every day, and that your call is to trust Him through life,” he says.
Dr. Ronnie Floyd is senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas. He has served as a strategic leader in the Southern Baptist Convention for decades. In 2017, Dr. Floyd was named the president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. He has authored books that marry faith and practicality, including the recent, “Living Fit: Make Your Life Count By Pursuing a Healthy You.”How prayer can revive our nation with Dr. Ronnie Floyd